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  1. The graders are not responsible for typing up the label. There is a separate QC at the end of the process but apparently it doesn't involve looking at the labels.
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    Is this a coin or a medal?

    I'm sorry if my post seems too critical. I own some modern commemoratives too and realize that it's a popular collecting area. Let me just close by saying that actual daalders from the 16th and 17th centuries are not difficult to find.
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    Is this a coin or a medal?

    You probably don't want to hear my opinion because I don't consider any mint issue that wasn't intended for actual circulation (or proof strike made during the production of a coin intended for circulation) to be a coin. Restrikes, replicas and non-circulating commemoratives all fall into the non-coin category for me. There are, of course, official definitions for coins but I think these just serve the mints that make money by repackaging bullion for collectors and the TPGs that make money grading these things. I don't collect medals but I imagine they have a definition that doesn't automatically include non-coins. That place in-between coins and medals I just call "tokens".
  4. Maybe I could answer some of your questions, but it is very difficult to understand what you have written. Do you have some specific question about competitive set awards or custom set awards or journal awards?
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    I Am Honored

    The power of the written word magnified by the world wide web! It's so wonderful to hear about the dissemination of positive journaling in this time of rampant fake news.
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    National Money Show Musings.

    Great show write-up. Thanks for sharing and it sounds like you had fun being a host, too. I imagine you would have found the NGC vs. PCGS ratio for world coins to be different. I usually see more of the former than the latter in the shows I go to.
  7. Thank you Ali and the rest of the registry team for removing this slot per your PM!
  8. Please remove the slot in the Charles III, 8 Reales, Pillar Type (1760-1771), Circulation Issue, registry set for 1760/59MO MM "CAROLUS III/FERDIN VI", Coin ID 148675. Although it is listed in the KP Standard Coins of the World under KM# 105, I do not believe it actually exists. It is not listed in the primary references for this type (Calbeto, Elizondo, Gilboy). The Isaac Rudman collection did not have one, there are no examples in either the NGC census or PCGS census and I haven't found any auction results. Mike Dunigan did not know of an example when I spoke with him at the USMex convention last year. I understand that NGC will review certain varieties and remove them from registry set listings if they are too difficult to acquire and I believe this one is impossible to acquire.
  9. I was surprised that they sticker these, since I consider them world coins:
  10. Heritage runs a good business -- it gets plenty of action from me and is a great resource for research.
  11. The first that I remember was a steel cent for my Whitman folder, quiet a few decades ago, from a coin shop that had a display case with shelves that you could rotate with a push of a button. That coin, including the folder, was given to a potential young numismatic many years ago. The coin that got me back into collection was this one:
  12. It looks good enough to get slabbed -- XF or low AU but possibly cleaned. These are tricky to authenticate but there's a lot of information on other forums about what to look for. And there is a great book about counterfeits of this series.
  13. Check the NGC price guide, My cost was closer to VF than XF..
  14. Good to hear that you got your money back. Between your first post and my response I happened to buy my first Hong Kong dollar which is why I was interested in yours.
  15. Sorry, I didn't see this when it was posted. I don't see any obvious issues but the wear has greatly reduced some of the design elements. Did you sent it to NGC?
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    Looking for Some Feedback

    I think it's unlikely that anyone would get fooled unless the seller was deliberately misrepresenting the nature of the fantasy issue to a new collector. Otherwise, who would buy that type of coin with zero knowledge of the series that the fantasy represents? Two points: it is important to recognize how today's technology, coupled with a skilled individual, and period appropriate equipment, can reproduce such a good copy of an original (please, Dan, continue to use your powers for good ;). And the artistry of his unique pieces are really outstanding -- he is quite an accomplished designer.
  17. They are of significance because they are a die identifier and a diagnostic of the die state which may be of interest to collectors of certain coins. For the great majority of coins, it will not add value. Hopefully, you can enjoy its relative uniqueness, compared to the rest of the population, without caring about whether it has any extra value.
  18. To answer your question: "New Silver Good or Bad Idea?" I would say it really doesn't matter -- current mint (US or others) precious metal output for collectors will not have much of a difference in numismatic value no matter what % of precious metal content they want to play with. They will always be worth the bullion content when sold, assuming you can get someone to pay the spot price, plus whatever premium you can convince the buyer to pay for. You can assume the premium will stay as high as the day you buy it but you really won't know until you try to sell it. But of course, collect what makes you happy. I have a few modern mint products that I like because they have designs that appeal to me and I know I probably will lose some money when I eventually sell them but I'm Ok with that. But is that the lesson you want your kids to learn?
  19. I have a collection of coins featuring my sport.
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    Tincture in Heraldry

    Fascinating! Thanks for another great journal entry.
  21. Nice thaler! I have a couple thalers from the Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel as well as the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. You'll find many references to divisions and reunification of the smaller units of these domains, which accounts for the many divisions of the field in coat of arms. I think the central helmet represents the ancestor Duchy of Saxony -- it displays a galloping stallion that is featured in other coin designs of these areas. Good luck with your research and please share your results here!
  22. There is a great big world of beautiful coins out there (that don't have to feature the bust of an elite).
  23. Ok, I'm going to play the Devil's Advocate here, after really looking at what was being chased in this auction. I understand the "conditional rarity" of a proof-like rare coin and I also understand the drive to add a new and unusual coin to a custom type set. However, the visual appeal of "proof-like" would seem to be an important part of this. What visual appeal would really be added to such a basic design? With the exception of that starfish symbol, it's just a bunch of letters and numbers. Surely, you will be able to use those substantial funds to acquire a rare PL coin where the mirror-like surface complements the frosty devices of a handsome, if not downright beautiful design.
  24. Whichever way you go I hope you post here about your experience. I can't help much as I've only sold through the Heritage "buy from owner" program, open to any coins that you have won at Heritage. Many collectors recommend to sell on eBay, but you have to do the work (good photos from many angles, detailed descriptions and great customer service) to improve your odds of a better outcome. It's something I will try when I have more time to devote to it.
  25. I now have the envelope and it does not use the term "pistareen" so I now know it was the cataloger who used that less than appropriate description.